What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

The effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is well researched and it is often used in combination with other treatment techniques in a formal or informal way. Informal CBT may not use homework. Formal CBT therapy includes ‘homework’ techniques where a person records unhelpful thoughts and behaviours as well as more constructive ways of thinking and behaving. CBT can be beneficial for most psychological conditions. Faulty thinking styles include catastrophising, negative self-talk that maintains low self-esteem, and thoughts which fuel feelings of anger.

This treatment approach aims to change a person’s thinking style and behavioural patterns which contribute to their psychological distress.